It can be generated at high pressures to give high steam temperatures. The higher the pressure, the higher thetemperature. More heat energy is contained within high temperature steam so its potential to do work is greater.
Modern shell boilers are compact and efficient in their design, using multiple passes and efficient burner technology to transfer a very high proportion of the energy contained in the fuel to the water, with minimumemissions.
The boiler fuel may be chosen from a variety of options, including combustible waste, which makes thesteam boiler an environmentally sound option amongst the choices available for providing heat. Centralisedboiler plant can take advantage of low interruptible gas tariffs, because any suitable standby fuel can bestored for use when the gas supply is interrupted.
Highly effective heat recovery systems can virtually eliminate blowdown costs, return valuable condensate tothe boiler house and add to the overall efficiency of the steam and condensate loop.The increasing popularity of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems demonstrates the high regard for steamsystems in today's environment and energy-conscious industries.Top
Steam can easily and cost effectively be distributed to the point of use
Steam is one of the most widely used media to convey heat over distances. Because steam flows in response to thepressure drop along the line, expensive circulating pumps are not needed.Due to the high heat content of steam, only relatively small bore pipework is required to distribute the steam at highpressure. The pressure is then reduced at the point of use, if necessary. This arrangement makes installation easier and less expensive than for some other heat transfer fluids.Overall, the lower capital and running costs of steam generation, distribution and condensate return systems meanthat many users choose to install new steam systems in preference to other energy media, such as gas fired, hotwater, electric and thermal oil systems.